|Training day (El Toro & Friends)|
Author: Raul the Third
El Toro is off on his own adventure! Task #1: Getting out of bed. Usually that's not so hard, but being the champion luchador isn't easy. Today, El Toro is feeling uninspired but his coach, Kooky Dooky, knows that practice makes better and it's important for El Toro to stay in shape and keep training!
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/21)
Booklist (+) (03/15/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/03/21)
The Hornbook (+) (00/05/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2021 *Starred Review* This bilingual reader kicks off—along with the simultaneously released Tag Team—the El Toro and Friends series, expanding the bustling, Mexican border-town world created in the award-winning ¡Vamos! picture books. Here, El Toro, a burly luchador, must train for his match against undefeated champion the Wall, but El Toro is reluctant to leave his bed. Enter his trainer, a bug-eyed chicken aptly named Kooky Dooky, who lays out a training regimen in an energizing series of double-spread thought bubbles. After the luchador finally rises, a Rocky-style neighborhood jog brings the inspiration he needs to complete Kooky Dooky’s training and take down the Wall. In typical ¡Vamos! style, a vibrant world bursts to life on every page, filled with movement and a detailed host of cartoon characters, though text and images are simplified to accommodate beginning readers. Raúl offers a lesson in visual literacy, utilizing speech bubbles and panels in addition to traditional narration. Select English phrases are echoed in the text—ones that bear repeating, thus maintaining a natural flow—but this title overcomes any linguistic barriers through its irresistible art. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.